Search For FAMU President Back On

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The search is back on for a new president at FAMU.

During Thursday's FAMU Board of Trustees meeting, Tallahassee resident, Dr. Joseph Wright, addressed the board. Referring to the search, he says, "I pray, Mr. Chairman, that you would really, really seriously move this train forward."

Rev. Wright was one of three people to speak during during public comments at the board Thursday, asking the Board to resume the search.

Board Chairman Solomon Badger had already put the search for FAMU's 11th president back in motion before the community members spoke Thursday morning.

Dr. Badger had suspended the search in March because he said it would not be fair to bring a new president in while FAMU's accreditation was at risk.

He says, "The time has come to do it. We've gotten beyond the most difficult part of the SACS situation and you have enough people wanting to go ahead and start. So, I felt it was the right thing to do."

Several supporters have been calling for Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson to become a candidate for the permanent president. However, the board's conditions were that the interim could not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Dr. Robinson says, "Unless those change, my position on that won't change. So, I will not be applying under the present conditions that the board has with regard to the presidential search."

Dr. Robinson says he will continue to do the job in his current role to the best of his abilities.

Chairman Badger says he will leave the timeline and specifics of the search up to the search committee and the university's hired search firm.

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The FAMU presidential search has resumed.

Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger says the time is now right to do so. He says the university has passed the majority of the hurdles dealing with the accreditation agency.

While there was outside pressure to resume the search, Badger says it was input from university leadership that contributed to his decision.

Three community members addressed trustees during today's board meeting. They requested that the board moves forward in finding a permanent president at FAMU.

Chairman Badger says he is leaving a timeline up to the search committee.

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